TV and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51 after cancer battle

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 11, 2019

The BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry has died at the age of 51, only weeks after she was last on air.

Her fellow BBC North West presenter Roger Johnson said: 'We are heartbroken by Dianne's death.

Dianne passed away on Thursday morning at Christie Hospital and Manchester, and is survived by her husband and two young children.

Dianne originally joined the BBC as a personal assistant at Radio 2 but began her broadcasting career alongside Steve Wright on Radio 1, before joining Simon Mayo's breakfast show team. She later moved to breakfast, joining Simon Mayo and newsreader Rod McKenzie.

Roger also said: "We are heartbroken by Dianne's death".

A BBC spokesperson said that it had come as a "huge shock to everyone at the BBC in the North West".

As well as presenting the weather she went on to front Inside Out North West, the BBC's regional current affairs programme.

Oxberry's husband, Ian Hindle, said: "Dianne was an fantastic wife and mother who embraced life to the full".

Presenter Rachel Burden asked him: "Are you OK to do the weather?"

In an emotional radio interview, Mr Johnson recalled when comedian Peter Kay invaded one of Mrs Oxberry's weather forecasts by hugging her and telling her: "God love Dianne Oxberry - you made the sun shine for everybody!" It's hard to imagine the programme without her. Viewers recognised her star quality and warmed to her Wearside lilt.

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One of the BBC's longest-serving weather forecasters died suddenly this week after a battle with cancer, according to a new report. "I'm thinking of all her family and friends at this terrible time". She was a part of their lives.

"The best broadcasters, something we all aspire to, is to be exactly what you are on the screen and off the screen and on the radio and off the radio and she did that brilliantly".

'The children and I will miss her more than anyone can imagine'.

Only a few months ago she took part in North West Tonight's "Plod for Pudsey", raising money for Children in Need by walking 20 miles a day down the North West coastline. "Off screen, she was a wonderful colleague, a loyal friend and I will miss her terribly".

Woman's Hour host Garvey wrote: "Dianne was a formidable voice for women at the BBC, a fantastically supportive colleague".

"What a special person Dianne Oxberry was".

"Our thoughts are with Ian and all of Dianne's family". I loved working with her.

Jennie McAlpine‏, who plays Fiz in Manchester-based soap Coronation Street, wrote on Twitter: "So sorry to hear this. All my love to her family, friends and colleagues". "I'm thinking of all her family and friends at this bad time".

BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry has died.

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